New EU Emergency Response Centre opened in Brussels
Europe's ability to react to disasters more quickly and decisively has been given a major boost with the opening a new Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in Brussels. The new centre, which was inaugurated on 15 May 2013 by Commission President José Manuel Barroso, will provide a better coordinated, faster and more efficient European response to disasters in Europe and the world.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, who also attended the launch of the centre, praised the work of staff in the Brussels infrastructure office (OIB), the Commission's security directorate and the IT directorate general for their hard work in creating the ERC, which is housed in the former offices of OIB on rue de la Loi in the heart of Brussels' EU quarter.
"I'm very proud of all the hard working Commission staff from my services who have helped make this Emergency Response Centre a reality in such a short space of time," he said. "The green light for this project was only given in February 2012, and work did not start on the centre until August of last year, so to have achieved so much in such a short time truly remarkable. Most importantly, of course, this new centre will allow us to respond to global emergencies far more effectively, and with much better coordination, than in the past, potentially saving many lives."
Work on the building that houses the new ERC included raising the ceilings to make space for wall of screens that will provide the centre with information about disasters and potential disasters on a 24-hour basis. (photos)
More information about the ERC (IP/13/422)